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CAN HUMAN HERPES/SHINGLES MEDICINE CURE A SARCOID? My experiment.






Some of you might remember that we discovered a sarcoid on Mama Tess’  tail at about the same time that her first laminitis episode began.

I had the surgeon at her equine hospital take a look and he said it was a benign sarcoid.

I had heard tha tCalcium Montmorillonite clay and Bentonite Clay worked on sarcoids…

So, at that time, I started using Calcium Montmorillonite clay and SORE NO MORE’S POULTICE (includes Bentonite clay) on it every other day.  I alternated because I felt that the CM clay burned her a bit.  I used the Sore No More Poultice because it had Bentonite clay in it – but it also had other soothing herbs – and that felt better to me..

After several weeks, I noticed that the sarcoid was definitely more scabby and had shrunk a bit.

But, as Tess’ illness became more severe,  I got sidetracked and forgot about her sarcoid…

This ugly thing is Tess' sarcoid on the side of her tail dock - about 3 inches down from the top.

This ugly thing is Tess’ sarcoid on the side of her tail dock – about 3 inches down from the top.

MY NEW EXPERIMENT… couldn’t hurt, could help.

A few days ago while grooming her intensely, I noticed her sarcoid again.

And then, like a thunderbolt, I remembered that My Old Tymey vet from long ago told me to put human herpes medicine on a sarcoid to “fix it in two weeks!”

Somehow, I just remembered that…

And, luckily for me (sort-of), I get Shingles so I have Valacyclovir on hand.  Yay!  I can experiment.

(I’ve had Shingles since I was 6 years old – I know, I know, kids aren’t supposed to get it, but they do.  Anyway, I used to take Acyclovir and Valtrex but now they call it Valacyclovir.)

OK, so I decided to give it a try with MT!

Right now, her sarcoid has regrown to where it was in the beginning – in fact, I think it is a bit larger.

Here is what I am doing for my experiment:

1)  I crushed 2 tablets of Valacyclovir and mixed with a tiny bit of water to make a paste.  (Don’t use too much water or you will ruin the paste texture needed for this poultice to stick.)

2)  I washed off her sarcoid and dried it well.

3)  I applied the poultice all over the dome of the sarcoid.  Be sure to get underneath and all around.

Here we have the paste I made from 2 Valacylcovir tablets,

Here we have the paste I made from 2 Valacylcovir tablets,  I spread it all under and over the sarcoid.  It was difficult for me to hold her hair and take a photo at the same time.  And, she was eating so she kept moving…

4)  I let it sit for 48 hours.

After 48 hours, the poultice had dried hard.

After 48 hours, the poultice had dried hard.

5)  I washed the very cakey poultice off with warm water – making sure not to pull off the skin of the sarcoid as I went.

6)  Make notes on the shape and size of the sarcoid.  (Today, the sarcoid surface was red and looked a bit angry.  It looks as if the dome has reddened.)

After I carefully washed off the initial poultice of Valacyclovir, the sarcoid looked a bit red and angry.  I reapplied the poultice.

After I carefully washed off the initial poultice of Valacyclovir, the sarcoid looked a bit red and angry. I reapplied the poultice.

7)  Re-apply.

After the first 48 hours, I can honestly say that I can see a difference in the surface of the sarcoid.  It looks as if the medicine is eating away at the dome wall.

I will keep you all posted!

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MAMA TESS’ TREASURE CHEST!

I’m opening up the treasure chest for the next several weeks because maggots, the Founder Warrior and the vet visits insist that I do…

YOU CAN VIEW/PURCHASE MAMA TESS’ “Stand in the Light” charms/pendants here!  ($25 – $38)

Today, I have one of my favorite necklaces for you…  A beautiful shorter necklace that has maize colored, faceted beads and a gorgeous calcedony drop.  18″

SOLD!  THANK YOU, EE!!

(If the link doesn’t work, that means the piece has sold.  MT and I thank you!)

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Here is what the artist had to say:

L.O.V.E. this for summer but also works as a great year-round neutral necklace. Gorgeous opalescent Czech glass beads are crocheted to form the chain for this pretty front closure necklace. Artisan sterling silver lobster clasp and dangling charm with a Thai silver stamped ring. A tiny pearl and rhinestone also dangle alongside a glowing faceted chalcedony boulder! It has a cool, minty look to it and has such a pretty & soft glow that emits from within.

 


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UPDATE ON ARIA, OUR MAY BUCKET FUND FILLY – SHE HAS HER DYNASPLINT!






Yesterday, Aria was fitted with her leased DynaSplint!

The idea is to keep her from having to go through invasive surgery if a splint could work.

(To read Aria’s story, click here.)

Can you believe Aria kicking up her heels like this!!  She's a regular filly - feeling good.

This series was taken the day before her splint arrived.  Can you believe Aria kicking up her heels like this!! She’s a regular filly – feeling good.

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Here she is snortybucking.

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Doing the quick turn at the fence…

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And back to run around the stall…

This is Aria's horribly contracted right front leg.

This is Aria’s horribly contracted right front leg.

THE SPLINT ARRIVED AND WAS FITTED!

So, with your donations (Thank you), we paid for the lease of Aria’s splint!  It arrived on Monday and was fitted immediately by their local vet.

This is another great thing about the DynaSplint system – not only can you lease the units, but DynaSplint has created videos so most ordinary vets can apply them correctly.

I must add, the woman at DynaSplint who worked with me to take payment and fill out the lease contract was very, very helpful… she answered my myriad of questions and seemed quite knowledgeable and kind towards the animals in her care.

As an aside, I’m going to ask her tomorrow if Tess could benefit on her good leg by wearing a support brace… Hmmmm.

Click image to go to the website.

Click image to go to the website.

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The tiny splint is applied by the local vet after receiving video training.

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They were able to send an instant video back to DynaSplint to make sure they had the device affixed correctly.

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Aria makes a few rounds with the vet in tow.

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Soon she will be a pro! Hours of wear and tension are adjusted daily until she is at 12 hours and the proper tension for her affliction.

NO IMMEDIATE FIX – IT TAKES TIME

Aria was a bit wonky with the brace to start – which is to be expected.  The splint is worn longer each day until it gets up to 12 hours.  Also, the tension is tightened daily until it is where it needs to be.

So, wonky is how they all start out…

Her style splint, The Extension Dynasplint System, is primarily used to treat contractures of the carpus.  It works by applying a low-load prolonged duration stretch, gently pushing the knee backward, and in turn stretching and supporting soft tissues to achieve correction. This Dynasplint System can also be used for support of the tarsus and carpus.

Success stories for contracted tendons.

Success stories for contracted tendons.

BUT CONTRACTED TENDONS ISN’T ALL THEY DO!!

USES FOR SPLINTS FROM DYNASPLINT (no affiliation)

Splints aren’t really on my radar.  Hopefully, they are on vet’s radar… But, I wonder how many applications for splints go – unknown.

I spent some time looking at DynaSplint’s website.

Wow… I had no idea the number of uses for Splints in equines.

I think it is important to pass this around so owners know of options for their horses.

Here is a list of different splint uses that I garnered from the DynaSplint website:

–Congenital or Acquired carpal contractures (over at the knee)
–Partial Immobilization (laceration over the front of the knee)
–Ruptured ligaments and tendons of the carpus and tarsus (Gastronemus Rupture, Collateral ligament damage)
–Support of dominant weight-bearing limbs
–Radial nerve paralysis
–Fractured growth plates/cuboidal bones
–Can relieve pressure from dismature carpal and tarsal bones
–Incomplete ossification of cuboidal/tarsal bones
–Ruptured collateral ligaments
–Peroneus tertius ruptures
–Can provide medial to lateral stability of the tarsus
–Congenital or acquired fetlock contractures
–Congenital or acquired flexural laxity of the fetlock
–Post-surgical/post injury soft tissue contractures
–Ruptured/lacerated tendons/ligaments (flexors, extensors, collateral, suspensory)
–Luxated or subluxated joint
–Radial nerve paralysis
–Congenital Deep Digital Flexor Tendon contractures
–Acquired Deep Digital Flexor Tendon contractures (club feet)
–Can be used post surgical check ligament desmotomy

 

Amazing results!  I'm sure the owners felt hopeless until they learned about DynaSplint.  I had no idea...

Amazing results! I’m sure the owners felt hopeless until they learned about DynaSplint. I had no idea…

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So HOORAY for Aria!!  Let’s hope it does the trick!

Let’s keep pulling for her and hoping that this will work and she will not need surgery!

If you’d like to donate for Aria’s continued vet bills (for regular fittings and adjustments) please click here and Thank You!

Bucket Fund Aria has her brace!!  I will have pics and story tomorrow!

Bucket Fund Aria has her brace!! I will have pics and story tomorrow!


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